Legendary senior writer jclombardi reviews Packers 5th round pick.
In the fifth round, the Packers chose TE D. J. Williams, Arkansas. Williams won the John Mackey Award in 2010, which goes annually to the nation’s best tight end.
CBS sports.com: Overview: Williams is undersized for the traditional tight end role in the NFL. He projects as an H-Back who can be put in motion and take advantage of mismatches downfield. Release: Good initial quickness off the snap and lateral agility to gain a quick release. Can struggle to gain clearance when he is pressed due to his lack of bulk and strength. Hands: Reliable hands. Route running: Possesses good straight-line speed to force defenders on their heels, and has the balance and burst to create separation as a route-runner. After the catch: At least moderate straight-line speed to run away from linebackers. Blocking: Very good effort, but simply lacks the bulk or strength to compete as an inline blocker. Pesky. Intangibles: Characterized as a team leader. The recipient of the 2010 Disney Spirit. Williams will be most successful in the NFL when put in motion to take advantage of mismatches against linebackers and smaller defensive backs downfield.
NFL.com: Williams is a highly-productive, hard-working tight end prospect with outstanding character who was one of the key components of Arkansas’ dangerous passing attack over the last few seasons. Doesn’t possess adequate NFL tight end height but should be able to fit in nicely as an H-Back. Will make a lot of plays finding open spaces against zone coverage but can be neutralized by athletic safeties or linebackers in man coverage. Is a gritty player willing to make tough catches in traffic. Works really hard and is effective in the running game. Williams should expect to be a mid-round selection.
Evaluative Grade: B+. A tight end upgrade to compete for number 2 spot meaning, “The more good football players that you can add, the better you’re going to be.”
D. J. WILLIAMS HIGHLIGHTS